Under New York's
workers' compensation law, when you are injured on the job, you do have to follow a certain
protocol when it comes to choosing a doctor. First and foremost, when
you are injured in a workplace accident, seek first aid and other necessary
medical treatment as soon as possible.
Under the state's workers' comp law, the treating healthcare provider
must be authorized by the Workers' Compensation Board, however, emergency
situations are an exception.
PPO & ADR Programs
Your employer may have been authorized to participate in the Preferred
Provider Organization (PPO), or an Alternate Dispute Resolution Program
(ADR), if this is the case, you may be required to receive your medical
treatment from a participating healthcare provider.
If your employer is a participating employer, then your employer is required
to notify you in writing, all of the information regarding a PPO or ADR
program. Further, if you end up needing any diagnostic tests or prescription
medicines, either your employer, or their workers' compensation carrier
may require that you obtain your tests or prescriptions from specific
pharmacies or a diagnostic network that they have contracted with.
What to Do After You Are Injured
If you are ever injured in a workplace accident, be sure to notify your
supervisor right away, and tell them how it occurred, where it occurred,
and what types of injuries you sustained.
Under New York's workers' compensation law, if you are injured
at work and fail to notify your employer in writing within 30 days of
the date of the accident, you may forfeit your rights to workers'
On the other hand, if you are suffering from an occupational disease, you
must notify your employer within two years of discovering that the disease
was work-related, or within two years of the disablement, whichever occurs later.
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